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Impractical Cartography

Do you have an experiential story that you would like to share with others about Buffalo, but you’re not really sure where to begin? According to Bernice Radle, “A couple of local artists are collecting Buffalo stories to “map” the city based on a location or memory. They want to define neighborhoods with stories! The zine will be sold at the 2013 Small Press Book Fair.”
I paid a visit to the website called Impractical Cartography over the weekend, and while there is not much to read at this point in time, when the site is fully functional and loaded with stories, it should be rather fun to explore. Currently, the artists are busy collecting stories and mapping them around Buffalo, which means that they’re waiting for submissions from you! Following is their request:
So we’re building a rather impractical map of Buffalo…

Our map will be based around your short pieces about your experiences in the city. After all, even the smallest city ceases to exist without its people and their stories – good and bad. So let’s make something that goes beyond a simple marker of various locations and incorporate ourselves into those spaces.

We are looking for a variety of pieces, whether they are non-fiction prose, humor or poetry. Maybe it’s an experience or conversation that shaped the way you think about this city–a conversation with friends and neighbors, a particularly depressing football game, the bathroom of a now closed dive bar. The only requirement is  that your work involves a specific place in Buffalo and that it is a maximum of 2 pages.

Let’s define our neighborhoods with our own stories.

We will be printing this for the 2013 Small Press Book Fair, so we only have a little time to collect your submissions. So, if you want to submit something, please do so by January 31st, 2013.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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